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DSCN3675 (Copy)                              This beautiful rose quartz carved with the Dalai Lama‘s quote at the Crystal Castle.

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Today was a special day, a birthday, another day to celebrate being alive, grateful for being together and enjoying each others company. We don’t count birthdays as such, after all, it’s just a number and the most important thing is how you feel. (Discounting my up and down days with Lyme) we are both happy as Larry and enjoy life to the fullest we can.

Today, that meant doing as much as we could in the time I can keep going. This week we’ve had two other outings to spread out the celebrating to cope with my limitations at present, but today was magnificent.  This morning we woke up to a southerly wind, which usually means the cold winter currents are still flowing up the coast, however, opening the windows wide we were blasted with hot and blustery winds. It was so hot we even checked the hot plates in the event we had left them on overnight. Nope, just an odd hot day. .

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Here you can see both the white caps rolling north and the wind blowing the palms near the house.

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This was odd to say the least, but a quick breakfast and we were off to the Crystal Castle. It’s a beautiful place situated just south-west of Mullumbimby and a short drive for us. Being avid crystal lovers it was a beautiful place to soak up the tranquility, play with the crystals and sit and relax over a beautiful coffee and cake. After all it was a birthday treat!

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Overlooking the gardens from the coffee shop, surrounded by rose quartz and a huge clear quartz ‘obelisk’. Right are two of the beautiful amethyst geodes we love. The energy from these is spectacular.

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Our favourite crystals the magnificent coloured labradorite  and the exquisite Lapis lazuli.

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The kids having fun.

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We found some unexpected guests. The possum wasn’t going to be disturbed on his comfy perch and slept through his photo shoot. The English tourists at the next table were quite taken with him.

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DSCN3644 (Copy)  Doesn’t he just look so cute?

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The cheeky Myna had just helped himself to a packet of sugar and was wondering if those shiny elestials were something to eat.

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On the way out we saw two beautiful flowers I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Above is the Blue Trumpet Vine or Sky Flower and below is the Lady Slipper Vine. Beautiful scents all round.

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Finally as we arrived home we caught a couple of keen kite surfers and couldn’t resist a final shot of the gorgeous King Orchid in the tree next to the house.

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It’s now time to count our Blessings and there many things today has brought for us to be grateful for. Spirit has been wonderful in showing us so many things in our lives that we have which we can be grateful for, in spite of the set backs.  Family phone calls and wishes and cards from people far away, all go to show that we are all connected.

I hope you enjoyed sharing Ray’s birthday (and Father’s Day here in Australia) with us. I know I had enjoyed sharing it with you.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed”    Pablo

Ciao, Susan x

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image from fx.worth1000.com   Remarkably like Anthony Hopkins, don’t you agree?

The glory of Poseidon.

It’s time for me to bow before the gods and admit I seek their assistance. That being said I’m taking no chances and appealing to both the main Greek and Roman gods of Poseidon and Neptune. I’m not completely comfortable with that because there are so many gods associated with water. This is a brief list of some of the ‘main’ ones.

In Aztec mythology

  • Tlaloc, god of thunder, rain, and earthquakes.
  • Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms, and baptism.

Canaanite mythology

Celtic mythology

Obviously the Celts felt like me and didn’t want to run the risk of missing someone out!

Then we have:

Egyptian mythology

  • Sobek, god of the Nile river, depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile.
  • Nephthys, goddess of rivers

Celtic mythology

(Now these guys had a monopoly!)

  • Aegaeon, god of violent sea storms and ally of the Titans
  • Amphitrite, sea goddess and consort of Poseidon
  • Anapos, water god of eastern Sicily
  • Ceto, goddess of the dangers of the ocean and of sea monsters
  • Eurybia, goddess of the mastery of the seas
  • Nerites, watery consort of Aphrodite and/or beloved of Poseidon
  • Nymphs
  • Poseidon, king of the sea and lord of the sea gods; also god of rivers, storms, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. His Roman equivalent is Neptune.
  • Achelous, Greek river-god
  • Hebe, Greek goddess of water and wine bearer of the Gods

The above is a list of Water Deities, not complete.

The wrath of Neptune.

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Okay you are now wondering if I may have taken leave of my senses, limited though they may appear at times. Despite the ever-present brain fog and the feeling of an imploding skull (courtesy of Lyme disease) I am perfectly lucid at this time. I have no opportunity ton be otherwise and I shall explain.

You will recall my recent tribulations regarding my fluctuating water temperature in the shower, see here.  Since Ray’s birthday is coming up soon, (he has the fortune, or misfortune depending on your experiences of having his birthday on Father’s Day this year. That means there will be an explosion of people wherever we are likely to go. Not relishing the idea of crowds we have opted to spread our celebrations both before and after the actual day, today being the start.

In my semi conscious state I heard him getting into the shower, water running and, so I’m told nice and hot. Solar power is wonderful – yes?  The doors closed and suddenly there was absolute silence in the en-suite. No water sounds at all.  I am reliably told that he turned the taps on full, then off, and then back on again. Not a drop of water to be seen.

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Right, a little poetic license never hurt anyone, especially when I’m not the target!  Quick dry and on with the jeans and jumper to check of all the taps. No, not a drop coming through. Hmm. Have a look outside.  Just up the road was…. you guessed it, the local council water guys. There had been a burst water pipe and so, bright and early there they were, all the mains turned off. A brilliant move, Sherlock!

It definitely made my morning more a more leisurely entry into the day. Meanwhile, an understandably disaffected hubby elected to make his morning vitamin smoothy. If he couldn’t be clean then he would be suitably fed. “Feed the man” if not meat then something good.

I didn’t laugh, I wasn’t completely awake enough to savour the devilish delight of the situation. That came later.

However, with our ongoing water issues, for which we are assured there is no rational cause, plus this latest debacle I feel the need to ask the gods, goddesses and all associated deities to please, “Give us a break” we only want to get clean. It’s not as though we live in the water or use more than our fair share. In fact we’re very conscious of water usage, something I still find difficult after my long hot baths in England (oh and here too when I can.)

I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone, I only hope they’ll see their way to grant me pardon. I would have listed everyone but it is a huge list… unbelievable long list. I suppose it goes back to the days when there were gods  for every occasion, tree, plant, flower and event. I know there are still ancient shrine in England where offerings are still laid.

Perhaps what I need is the Aboriginal deities explained so that if they are the ones we’ve upset I can ask them to take pity on us?  In the meantime I’ll keep my finger crossed that tomorrow morning will be like tonight, hot and deliciously relaxing. Ah, what bliss.

Oh, in case you were wondering we had a delightful afternoon, visited one of my crystal haunts, went to a new shopping centre, had a beautiful meal out before coming home and putting our feet.  Tomorrow is another day.

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My offering to the gods, left with ceremony on my altar.

“All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don’t win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.”
Anita Brookner

Blessings  Susan x

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As anyone who follows these things knows, we have recently had our second full moon in August, which makes it a Blue Moon.  I wish it had been blue, that would have been a sight to see, but the one I saw was just as magical as a blue one.  I was thrilled and privileged to be able to take part in both a Full Moon Ceremony and a “Becoming” ceremony the next night with my husband.  Now that may sound like a “Ho Hum” event, but to find a partner who not only is interested in something close to your heart but is also happy and eager to join you in participating in these ceremonies is something to be, not simply awed by, but grateful beyond measure for.   So, my wonderful friend Nicole, had posted a fabulous Blue Moon Ceremony for anyone who was interested to follow.  We both watched, with bated breath, each day leading up to the full moon to gauge how the weather was going to be and what we might expect on the night. In fact, the night before we saw the moon rise spectacularly only to see the sky completely clouded over a few hours later. News came that down at Byron a thunderstorm was breaking. We kept a positive outlook that any inclement weather would  occur that night and on the night in question we would have perfect weather.  Our prayers were answered and we had a perfect night.
Blue Moon image courtesy of surfky.com

Blue moon image courtesy of surfky.com

We had each thought carefully about the crystals we wanted to represent the people we would include in the ceremony and chose them carefully at our local crystal shop – we were totally grateful we could get exactly what felt right.  There is something magical in finding precisely the right things you need and carefully bringing them home and preparing to put everything into action.

August 31st was a beautiful day and a glorious night. Not a cloud in sight and a fabulous view of the moon from where we had set up. It was even a relatively balmy evening where we were,  at least comfortable enough that we didn’t need to rug up like Eskimos.  Sitting there peacefully, following the instructions and meditating throughout, brought up many memories and emotions. It was quite an experience, even for someone who has been doing this for a while.  It was impossible to feel jaded if you put your heart into it as we did.  Afterwards it felt peaceful, almost as if we had been touched  by Spirit, which we had indeed been. The Universe was watching and all was more than well with the world. Now to wit for the following night.

September 1st dawned bright and clear. Sunny skies and a cool breeze augured well for the “Becoming” ceremony that night.  We had our list ready – the list of all the things we wished to release and what we would replace them with. It was also my husband’s birthday, so it was a doubly magical time and experience for both of us.  For the first time in many years my husband’s son was here for his father’s birthday, and as importantly, to share, at least a part of Father’s Day with him.  All wonderful signs that the Universe was with us.
Father's Day prayer

Image courtesy of relationshipslovelanguage.blogspot.com

It was a wonderful day from the beginning.  A quick shopping trip to get some decent clothes for the ‘boy’ to go out to dinner in and back home to get them ready.  Strange how such an everyday act can mean so much more when it hasn’t been repeated often.  He wasn’t overjoyed at getting ‘tied’ into smart clothes, but such is the price one sometimes  is asked to pay.  If there was any irony there it was the fact that he looks very presentable when he’s dressed up in smart clothes. The girls notice him – something I’m not sure he really identifies with even though he would love to have a girlfriend. Strange how it’s always someone on the outside who can see thee things.  It was the same way with the wedding, but that’s another tale altogether.

Dinner was sumptuous! The food was beyond merely delicious, it melted in your mouth and was something else to remember the occasion for.  First time together for his father’s birthday, first time at a good restaurant for dinner, dressed nicely and a superb meal to honour the occasion.  Scallops and bugs, prawns and fish, heavenly food indeed.  To add that magical touch to the occasion, we were seated in front of the window and got the most wonderful view of the moon rising over the water! Large, round and magical, she floated through the sky in front of us for the entire meal.  What better backdrop could we have asked for!

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Feeling replete, (some of us more replete than others!) we made our way home again. No rush, the moon sailed along on our left as we travelled down the highway until we reached home.  What a different night from the one before! There was a distinct bite to the air, more like a frigid gust from the south pole.  A wise decision was made to change into warm clothes before completing the “Becoming” ceremony.   So, more like Eskimos than before, ( now why had I thought of Eskimos the night before?), we got ourselves organised and under the clear skies and opulent view of the full moon we completed our ceremony.  Time seemed to stand still and as we finished our meditation I came back to the world around me to hear a chorus of birdsong which hushed as a silent shape ghosted overhead and off into the trees. Our resident owl had passed by.  Another beautiful sign that we were in sync with the world.

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Full moon ceremony. Image courtesy of sanctuary.net

Today is Father’s Day, a special day for fathers and their children, or in our case father and son.  A beautiful and truly special way of concluding a magical couple of days.  Thank you Nicole, your ceremonies were wonderful and this time, our special time, has been all the more incredible because it coincided with other special moments. We have magical memories to share and a wonderful start to our “New Beginnings”.

I feel truly Blesssed.

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